Urinary Incontinence Treatment in Bend, OR
A variety of factors can cause urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence is when leakage occurs with physical movement or activity. Urge incontinence is when leakage happens on your way to the toilet. Our pelvic health experts have the knowledge and experience to help you regain control.
Urinary incontinence is common but never normal. Finding a treatment that permanently addresses the dysfunction is essential for fully regaining the freedom to live your life. At Alpine Physical Therapy, we are pleased to offer urinary incontinence treatment in Bend, OR for all genders.
What is a Pelvic Floor?
Your pelvic floor is a sling of muscles that supports the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, and bowel. A coordinated pelvic floor helps control the release of urine, feces, and gas. Often, the pelvic floor function becomes altered after pregnancy, back pain, or prostate surgery. Like any muscle in the body, you can strengthen your pelvic floor to control urinary leakage, among other things.
Types of Urinary Incontinence We Treat
While moving or performing a physical activity, such as running, urinary leakage is a common concern for many Americans. Stress incontinence occurs when an action, such as sneezing, puts pressure or stress on your bladder. Stress incontinence is more common in women than it is in men.
If you brace yourself before sneezing or coughing or find yourself avoiding certain physical activities due to concerns about leakage, pelvic health physical therapy may be right for you.
Do you race to make it to the bathroom in time or have an intense urge to go upon arriving home or when hearing running water? Urge incontinence can also cause you to wake at night to urinate frequently. For many people with urge incontinence, leakage occurs when they don’t make it to the bathroom shortly after the urge is felt. If this sounds familiar, our pelvic health experts may be able to help you stop the urge.
Urinary Incontinence After Prostate Surgery
Urinary incontinence can be a problem for up to a year in approximately 65 percent of men who have had prostate surgery. According to the Cleveland Clinic, long-term urinary incontinence can remain for 6 to 8 percent of men who have had their prostate removed. You’re not alone.
Targeted therapies such as pelvic floor muscle training and bladder control strategies and reduce incontinence episodes in men who have had prostate-cancer surgery by more than 50 percent.
Do you frequently urinate throughout the day? Do you get up more than once a night to use the bathroom? If so, you may have an overactive bladder (OAB). OAB causes a frequent and often sudden urge to urinate that can be challenging to control. A strong need to urinate is felt frequently throughout the day and night. Leakage can occur in some people with OAB. A healthy bladder signals the brain that it is getting full, but can wait to urinate. With OAB, the feeling is sudden and urgent, regardless of whether or not your bladder is full.
How Physical Therapy for Urinary Incontinence Can Help You
There are many treatments available to help combat incontinence, but often they are invasive or require medication or repeat treatments. At Alpine Physical Therapy, our urinary incontinence treatment team in Bend, OR are experts at diagnosing and treating urinary incontinence in men and women.
Depending on the unique needs of the individual, treatment for urinary incontinence in our Bend, OR clinics may include:
- Pelvic floor coordination and strength exercises
- Electrical stimulation
- Whole body strength assessment and a tailored resistance home program
Our Urinary Incontinence Team
Molly Nelson, DPT-CLT
Kate Holmer, DPT
Mackenzie Van Loo, DPT, WCS, CAPP-OB
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Our goal is to help you regain control of your bladder so you can experience life every day without the hassles of pads and the need to know the closest bathroom location. If you live in Bend, OR, and would like to learn more about how urinary incontinence treatment may help you, give the office most convenient to you a call. Our pelvic floor experts forward to meeting you.